Homosexuality is a very real and powerful influence in the lives of some, and our concern and love are extended to those who wrestle with this difficulty. While the Bible shows that homosexual behavior is not acceptable, there is hope for those who want to escape from this lifestyle.
After condemning fornication, adultery and homosexuality in 1 Corinthians 6:9, Paul wrote in verse 11: "And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."
Some members of the Church of God in Corinth had previously practiced various forms of sexual immorality, including homosexual behavior. But they turned from their sins and were accepted by God. Following this scriptural example, the United Church of God seeks to assist those who are genuinely striving to overcome sinful lifestyles. We welcome into our fellowship all people who repent of their sins.
For more on this subject and a list of organizations helping people leave homosexuality, see "Is Homosexuality Acceptable to God?" from our booklet Marriage and Family: The Missing Dimension. VT